Find out where residents can get the flu vaccine in Niagara. Learn about immunization delivery during COVID-19.
Expert groups and evidence indicate that getting the influenza vaccine will not increase your risk of COVID-19 illness.
Each year, the Ministry of Health provides publicly funded influenza vaccine through the Universal Influenza Immunization Program.
Public Health supports Niagara's health care professionals in implementing this program by providing:
Call the Vaccine Preventable Disease program Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
905-688-8248 or 1-888-505-6074 ext. 7396
Public Health is getting inquiries from individuals not being able to get a free flu shot because of their health card status. As a reminder, the Universal Influenza Immunization Program offers influenza vaccine free of charge to all individuals six months of age and older who live, work or go to school in Ontario.
Follow direction from the Ministry of Health for administering flu shots:
An influenza vaccination should be offered to all patients who are six months of age and older this fall, unless contraindicated.
The initial allotment of influenza vaccine should be used for vulnerable and high-risk groups, including:
Immunization of the general population commences when the Ministry of Health does the official launch of the 2020-2021 Universal Influenza Immunization Program.
Don't delay vaccination to wait for a particular product. Both standard-dose QIV and high-dose TIV protect against the flu, and the most important thing is for older adults to be vaccinated. Seniors are eligible for one publicly funded influenza vaccination per season only.
Flucelvax Quad is a mammalian cell culture-based quadrivalent inactivated influenza vaccine that is authorized for use in Canada for individuals nine years of age and older. This vaccine is primarily distributed to pharmacies and won't be included on our Seasonal Influenza Order Form. Patients with egg allergies don't need to be referred to a pharmacy. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization states that egg allergy is not a contraindication for influenza vaccination.
Vaccine orders may include both multi-dose vials and pre-filled syringes. Make the necessary room in your vaccine fridge to accommodate the packaging. Pre-filled syringes will require the addition of a 1-inch to 1.5-inch safety-engineered needle tip.
The recommended needle gauge and lengths for intramuscular injections are:
|Needle recommendation||Infants, toddlers and children||Adolescents and adults|
|Gauge||22 - 25||22 - 25|
7/8ths of an inch - 1 inch
|1 - 1.5 inch|
In anticipation of a cold chain inspection before receiving influenza vaccine, review how to monitor the vaccine fridge temperature and how to handle a cold chain excursion.
As a primary care provider, your initial allotment of the publicly funded influenza vaccine is based on the products and quantities that Public Health receives. We aim for an equitable distribution to all health care providers interested in participating in the Universal Influenza Immunization Program.
The distribution of influenza vaccine doses is expected to begin in late September to Public Health Units and continue across the province in October when additional doses are received from manufacturers. Public Health will send you a letter detailing 2020-2021 influenza information including the specifics about your initial allotment of influenza vaccine.
After you receive your initial allotment in October, you will be able to order more flu vaccine from Public Health using the seasonal influenza vaccine order form.
Public Health is unable to take your unused influenza vaccine back to use or redistribute. To help ensure less waste, only order influenza vaccine in amounts that you're certain your office can use. You can order more vaccine as required.
Pharmacies have a different distributor for the influenza vaccine (not Public Health).
Pharmacies that have successfully completed the prequalification process need to refer to the Universal Influenza Immunization Program or contact the Ministry of Health for information related to vaccine ordering, return, reporting and reimbursement. The Ministry of Health will notify all approved pharmacies in an email before the launch of the 2020-2021 Universal Influenza Immunization Program in fall 2020.
The Ministry of Health will notify all approved vaccine providers in an email before the launch of the 2020-2021 Universal Influenza Immunization Program in fall 2020. Facilities that have successfully completed the pre-qualification process can order from Public Health using the Universal Influenza Immunization Program order form.
All Universal Influenza Immunization Program participants can begin immunizing as soon as supply is received, understanding that reorders will not occur until the provincial supply is replenished through additional shipments from manufacturers.
Health care providers wishing to conduct mass (large-scale) influenza community vaccination clinics for all eligible individuals should wait until November to ensure that an adequate supply of vaccine can be ordered.
The following measures should be considered regardless of how you offer the influenza vaccine to patients:
If you're considering a satellite, temporary or off-site location to hold a flu clinic, here's a list of resources. Remember that Canadian guidance prevails in the event of any conflict with the following international resources:
Refer to the Guidance for influenza vaccine delivery in the presence of COVID-19 for additional adaptions recommended by National Advisory Committee on Immunization.